Our world is full of energy, especially in the ocean! Light, color, and heat energy are all present in the ocean, and can directly impact living organisms. Dive into the ocean to explore how different forms of energy can be transferred, conserved or behave differently in different mediums. Students will observe how waves transfer energy to ecosystems, identify how animals use light and color to their benefit, and investigate how heat energy supports life in extreme conditions.
Georgia Standards of Excellence
- S8P2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the law of conservation of energy to develop arguments that energy can transform from one form to another within a system.
- d. Plan and carry out investigations on the effects of heat transfer on molecular motion as it relates to the collision of atoms (conduction), through space (radiation), or in currents in a liquid or a gas (convection)
- S8P4. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to support the claim that electromagnetic (light) waves behave differently than mechanical (sound) waves.
- d. Develop and use a model to compare how light and sound waves are reflected, refracted, absorbed, diffracted or transmitted through various materials. (Clarification statement: Include echo and how color is seen but do not cover interference and scattering.)
Next Generation Science Standard
- MS-PS4-2 Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.